Resolution No. 02/NQ-CP dated January 01, 2019 of the Government on continuing implementation of major tasks and solutions for improving the business environment and the national competitiveness in 2019 and orientation towards 2021
Pursuant to the Law on Organization of the Government dated June 19, 2015;
Pursuant to Resolution No. 69/2018/QH14 dated April 12, 2016 of the National Assembly on the 5-year socioeconomic development plan from 2016-2020; Resolution No. 48/2017/QH14 dated November 8, 2018 of the National Assembly on the socio-economic development plan for 2019;
At the proposal of the Minister of Planning and Investment,
I. GENERAL EVALUATION
Thanks to implementation of the Government's annual Resolutions No. 19 on improving the business environment and the national competitiveness, ministries, agencies and localities have become increasingly aware of their responsibilities and have actively participated in improving scores and ranking of indicators and/or specific criteria in their assigned management scope. Many ministries, agencies and localities, such as the Ministry of Industry and Trade (Getting electricity); Ministry of Finance (Paying taxes); Ministry of Science and Technology (Innovation) ...; the Viet Nam Social Security (Paying social insurance), Quang Ninh Province, Dong Thap Province, Ha Noi, and Ho Chi Minh City, have designated focal points, set up mechanisms to monitor the implementation of Resolutions No. 19 as well as to monitor the information, evaluation results and rankings of international organizations.
Thousands of unreasonable business conditions have been abolished. Specialized inspection of import-export goods has been fundamentally renewed under the principle of risk assessment, shifting from pre-check to post-check for many goods. The number of online public services has increased rapidly.
According to the evaluation and ranking of international organizations, Viet Nam has improved 13 ranks  in terms of business environment in 2018 compared to 2016 (in which, Getting Electricity jumps  69 places, Paying Taxes and Social Insurance climbs  36 places, Starting a Business jumps  17 places). Logistics Performance Index climbs  25 places, and Global Innovation Index jumps  14 places...
More than 50% of businesses assessed the business environment has become more open and convenient. Ministries, agencies and localities that actively implement Resolutions No. 19 are also ones that continue to maintain high rankings and/or gain strong improvements in rankings with respect to the Viet Nam Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI) (published by the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry); and the Public Administration Reform Index (PAR Index) (announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs)...
The rapid and clear improvements of the business environment and the national competitiveness are highly appreciated by international organizations and well-recognized by enterprises and the people.
However, Viet Nam’s business environment and national competitiveness rankings remain at average level on globa`l scale (ranking 69th out of 190 economies in terms of business environment, 77th out of 140 in terms of competitiveness). In the ASEAN region, Viet Nam is still not in the top 4 countries (ranking 5th in terms of business environment, 7th in terms of competitiveness). Besides some indexes that have improved quickly, many indexes still observe slow improvements. Particularly, some indexes have dropped sharply compared to the region and the world such as: Resolving Insolvency in 2018 down 8 ranks  compared to 2016, at the bottom of the rankings; and trading across Borders down 7 places ...
Indexes related to technology and innovation to adapt to new generation of manufacturing in the 4thindustrial revolution are slowly updated, monitored and improved, business environment ranking fell by one place according to the World Bank, and Global Competitiveness dipped by 03 ranks as the World Economic Forum (WEF) reported.
Since 2016, Resolutions No. 19 has delegated responsibilities to ministries and agencies acting as the focal points to monitor each international ranking and be responsible for each specific index. However, many ministries and agencies have not yet designated the focal point or established mechanisms for internal direction in the respective ministry or the agency. The role as focal agencies of ministries (The Ministry of Planning and Investment to report on the WB's Business Environment Index and WEF’s Global Competitiveness Index; the Ministry of Science and Technology for Global Innovation Index of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); the Ministry of Information and Communications for the E-Government Development Index of the United Nations (UN)), in guiding other ministries, agencies, and localities to
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